Tutorial: Azure Active Directory integration with Coupa

In this tutorial, you learn how to integrate Coupa with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).

Integrating Coupa with Azure AD provides you with the following benefits:

  • You can control in Azure AD who has access to Coupa.
  • You can enable your users to automatically get signed-on to Coupa (Single Sign-On) with their Azure AD accounts.
  • You can manage your accounts in one central location - the Azure portal.

If you want to know more details about SaaS app integration with Azure AD, see what is application access and single sign-on with Azure Active Directory.

Prerequisites

To configure Azure AD integration with Coupa, you need the following items:

  • An Azure AD subscription
  • A Coupa single sign-on enabled subscription

Note

To test the steps in this tutorial, we do not recommend using a production environment.

To test the steps in this tutorial, you should follow these recommendations:

  • Do not use your production environment, unless it is necessary.
  • If you don't have an Azure AD trial environment, you can get a one-month trial.

Scenario description

In this tutorial, you test Azure AD single sign-on in a test environment. The scenario outlined in this tutorial consists of two main building blocks:

  1. Adding Coupa from the gallery
  2. Configuring and testing Azure AD single sign-on

To configure the integration of Coupa into Azure AD, you need to add Coupa from the gallery to your list of managed SaaS apps.

To add Coupa from the gallery, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the left navigation panel, click Azure Active Directory icon.

    The Azure Active Directory button

  2. Navigate to Enterprise applications. Then go to All applications.

    The Enterprise applications blade

  3. To add new application, click New application button on the top of dialog.

    The New application button

  4. In the search box, type Coupa, select Coupa from result panel then click Add button to add the application.

    Coupa in the results list

Configure and test Azure AD single sign-on

In this section, you configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Coupa based on a test user called "Britta Simon".

For single sign-on to work, Azure AD needs to know what the counterpart user in Coupa is to a user in Azure AD. In other words, a link relationship between an Azure AD user and the related user in Coupa needs to be established.

In Coupa, assign the value of the user name in Azure AD as the value of the Username to establish the link relationship.

To configure and test Azure AD single sign-on with Coupa, you need to complete the following building blocks:

  1. Configure Azure AD Single Sign-On - to enable your users to use this feature.
  2. Create an Azure AD test user - to test Azure AD single sign-on with Britta Simon.
  3. Create a Coupa test user - to have a counterpart of Britta Simon in Coupa that is linked to the Azure AD representation of user.
  4. Assign the Azure AD test user - to enable Britta Simon to use Azure AD single sign-on.
  5. Test single sign-on - to verify whether the configuration works.

Configure Azure AD single sign-on

In this section, you enable Azure AD single sign-on in the Azure portal and configure single sign-on in your Coupa application.

To configure Azure AD single sign-on with Coupa, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Coupa application integration page, click Single sign-on.

    Configure single sign-on link

  2. On the Single sign-on dialog, select Mode as SAML-based Sign-on to enable single sign-on.

    Single sign-on dialog box

  3. On the Coupa Domain and URLs section, perform the following steps:

    Coupa Domain and URLs single sign-on information

    a. In the Sign-on URL textbox, type a URL using the following pattern: https://<companyname>.coupahost.com

    Note

    The Sign-on URL value is not real. Update this value with the actual Sign-On URL. Contact Coupa Client support team to get this value.

    b. In the Identifier textbox, type the URL:

    Environment URL
    Sandbox devsso35.coupahost.com
    Production prdsso40.coupahost.com

    c. In the Reply URL textbox, type the URL:

    Environment URL
    Sandbox https://devsso35.coupahost.com/sp/ACS.saml2
    Production https://prdsso40.coupahost.com/sp/ACS.saml2
  4. On the SAML Signing Certificate section, click Metadata XML and then save the metadata file on your computer.

    The Certificate download link

  5. Click Save button.

    Configure Single Sign-On Save button

  6. Sign on to your Coupa company site as an administrator.

  7. Go to Setup > Security Control.

    Security Controls

  8. In the Log in using Coupa credentials section, perform the following steps:

    Coupa SP metadata

    a. Select Log in using SAML.

    b. Click Browse to upload the metadata downloaded from the Azure portal.

    c. Click Save.

Create an Azure AD test user

The objective of this section is to create a test user in the Azure portal called Britta Simon.

Create an Azure AD test user

To create a test user in Azure AD, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, in the left pane, click the Azure Active Directory button.

    The Azure Active Directory button

  2. To display the list of users, go to Users and groups, and then click All users.

    The "Users and groups" and "All users" links

  3. To open the User dialog box, click Add at the top of the All Users dialog box.

    The Add button

  4. In the User dialog box, perform the following steps:

    The User dialog box

    a. In the Name box, type BrittaSimon.

    b. In the User name box, type the email address of user Britta Simon.

    c. Select the Show Password check box, and then write down the value that's displayed in the Password box.

    d. Click Create.

Create a Coupa test user

In order to enable Azure AD users to log into Coupa, they must be provisioned into Coupa.

  • In the case of Coupa, provisioning is a manual task.

To configure user provisioning, perform the following steps:

  1. Log in to your Coupa company site as administrator.

  2. In the menu on the top, click Setup, and then click Users.

    Users

  3. Click Create.

    Create Users

  4. In the User Create section, perform the following steps:

    User Details

    a. Type the Login, First name, Last Name, Single Sign-On ID, Email attributes of a valid Azure Active Directory account you want to provision into the related textboxes.

    b. Click Create.

    Note

    The Azure Active Directory account holder will get an email with a link to confirm the account before it becomes active.

Note

You can use any other Coupa user account creation tools or APIs provided by Coupa to provision AAD user accounts.

Assign the Azure AD test user

In this section, you enable Britta Simon to use Azure single sign-on by granting access to Coupa.

Assign the user role

To assign Britta Simon to Coupa, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, open the applications view, and then navigate to the directory view and go to Enterprise applications then click All applications.

    Assign User

  2. In the applications list, select Coupa.

    The Coupa link in the Applications list

  3. In the menu on the left, click Users and groups.

    The "Users and groups" link

  4. Click Add button. Then select Users and groups on Add Assignment dialog.

    The Add Assignment pane

  5. On Users and groups dialog, select Britta Simon in the Users list.

  6. Click Select button on Users and groups dialog.

  7. Click Assign button on Add Assignment dialog.

Test single sign-on

In this section, you test your Azure AD single sign-on configuration using the Access Panel.

When you click the Coupa tile in the Access Panel, you should get automatically signed-on to your Coupa application. For more information about the Access Panel, see Introduction to the Access Panel.

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